September 20, 2013
Dragging in the Layers panel to reposition a layer below a Layer Group can give different results than expected. In the example below, dragging and dropping the texture layer below the Cactus Layer Group, results in the texture layer being added to the Layer Group (inside of it, instead of below it).
Dragging the texture layer below the cactus group adds the texture to the layer group.
Instead, try clicking the disclosure triangle next to the Cactus Layer Group to close it (hide the contents), then drag and drop the texture layer below it.
Or, regardless of the state of the Layer Group (opened or closed) you can simply drag the Cactus Layer Group above the texture layer!
September 16, 2013
In Photoshop CC, the Photoshop engineers added the ability to use either the Path Selection or Direct Selection tool to drag in the image area and select more than one path – even if the paths were on different layers. Given this feature, customers have since requested they be able to limit the layers that Photoshop allowed drag-selecting shapes from based on whether or not the layer was selected. So now, in Photoshop CC (v14.1), with either the Path Selection and/or Direct Selection tool selected, you can choose between selecting All Layers or Active Layers in the Options bar when drag-selecting paths in the image area.
In addition, using the Keyboard Shortcut editor, under Shortcuts For: Tools you can assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle between the options (Direct Selection Mode Toggle).
Note: Isolation Mode is inactive when in Active Layers mode.
August 29, 2013
There is a powerful new “mode” in Photoshop CC that can help quickly isolate layers that you currently want to select and work with on the Layers panel. To toggle the isolation mode, simply select the desired layers in the Layers panel, and choose Select > Isolate Layers or toggle the Filter switch at the top right of the Layers panel. Only the layers that are selected will be displayed in the Layers panel.
Select the Layers that you want to work with, then click the “Filter” icon to isolate the layers.
Note: Don’t forget, you can add a custom keyboard shortcut to Select > Isolate Layers to make this even easier!
April 24, 2013
In this Quick Tip (Displaying a Photograph within a Shape in Photoshop), Julieanne demonstrates three different ways to display an image within a shape in Photoshop including vector masks, clipping masks, and layer groups.
February 27, 2013
Layer Groups – they’re not just for organizing your layers! In this episode of The Complete Picture (5 Reasons to use Layer Groups in Photoshop), Julieanne demonstrates 5 ways to use Layer Groups to create special effects in Photoshop.
February 26, 2013
• Drag a vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to move it from one layer to another.
• Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) the vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to make a copy of the vector mask.
• Command + Shift -drag (Mac) | Control + Shift -drag (Win) the vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to make an “inverted” copy of the vector mask.
January 28, 2013
Select Layer > Arrange > Reverse to reverse the stacking order of the selected layers. Note: if the layers are in different groups this option is not available.
January 3, 2013
There are several ways to display a photograph within a shape in Photoshop.
• This first example uses a vector mask to control what portion of the photo is hidden or revealed. To create this effect, select the desired shape tool and set the Shape tool options (in the options bar) to Path. Then drag out the shape and choose Layer > Vector Mask > Current Path.
• The second example shows the photo (Layer 1) clipped by a shape layer. To create this effect, select the desired shape tool and set the Shape tool options (in the options bar) to Shape. Then drag out the shape, reposition it in the Layers panel so that the shape is below the layer with the photo and – with the photo layer selected, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask. Note: you can achieve different effects by changing the shape layer’s fill and stroke.
• The third example shows that if you create a copy of the original photo and reposition it under the shape layer, lowering it’s opacity and adding a drop shadow can make it more interesting.
December 19, 2012
In this Quick Tip (How to Paste into a Layer Mask in Photoshop CS6), Julieanne reveals a simple technique to paste content directly into a layer mask in Photoshop CS6.
December 14, 2012
In addition to my top 5 favorite features, these little gems certainly help my workflow.
1) Load Swatch Files from HTML, CSS or SVG Document – use the flyout menu on the Swatches panel to choose Load Swatches. Then, navigate to any HTML, CSS or SVG document and Photoshop will find all of the colors used in that document and load them as swatches.
2) Support for Larger JPEG files – now save JPEG files up to 60,000 x 60,000 pixels.
3) Reposition Paths While Drawing – this one is subtle, but also really powerful. When drawing with the pen tool, pressing the spacebar will allow you to reposition the anchor point – while drawing. The key is that you have to still have the mouse-down for the spacebar to work. Otherwise you get the Hand tool (as expected).
3) Recent Files List – up the limit the “Recent Files” to 100.
4) Smarter Selecting of Layer Names- Photoshop has gotten smarter about the way it names layers when merging them. Instead of always taking the top layer’s name (in the group of layers to be merged), if any of the layers that are going to be merged have been manually renamed (i.e.you renamed them), Photoshop will keep that custom layer name and use it as the new merged layer name. As you can see in the screen shots below, when merging the three layers on the left, Photoshop 13.1 used the custom renamed “Rock” layer as the new merged layer’s name. In previous versions the merged layer would have been named Hue/Saturation 1. Note: if you have created custom names for multiple layers that are all being merged together, then Photoshop will take the top-most custom named layer.
September 10, 2012
• Clicking the eye icon next to any layer on the Layers panel will hide/show the layer.
• Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) -clicking on the eye icon hides/shows all other layers
• Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) the eye icon shows both of these options as menus.
However, if I need to toggle the visibility of multiple selected layers at once, then these shortcuts don’t do what I need them to. Instead, I tap “V” to select the Move tool, and then tap 00 (zero+zero) in quick succession in order to set the opacity of the multiple selected layers to 0 (zero). In order to “show”the layers again, I tap the 0 (zero) key once to set the opacity of the layers to 100%.
September 6, 2012
Click here to download my top 10 favorite Photoshop shortcuts when working with layers - LayersShortcuts.pdf.
(I compiled them for my Creative Compositing class at Photoshop World today – see you there!)
May 24, 2012
In Photoshop CS6, not only can you use a Layer Group as the bottom of a Clipping Mask (so that you can clip the contents of a layer(s) to the contents of an entire group) but you can also add Layer Effects/Styles to a Layer Group to have the style applied to all of the layers in the Group (as a single unit).
May 16, 2012
• There is a new badge for shape layers in the Layers panel (Shape layers are no longer represented by a Fill layer with a vector mask).
• Although the Shape Layer icon (badge) has changed, you can still double-click the shape layer icon to change the color of the shape’s fill.
• Because shapes are often very small in relation to the entire image, the Layers panel displays the contents of shape layers as large as possible in the Layer thumbnail – ignoring the relationship of the shape to the entire document (as other layers appear by default).
• Selecting a Shape layer in the Layers panel automatically displays the path in the image area (making it easier to quickly edit the shape).
• Command + H (Mac) | Control + H (Win) hides the path.
• Clicking on a shape in the image area with the Path Selection tool will automatically select that layer in the Layers panel.
• If you delete all of the paths on a shape layer, the layer will automaticallly be deleted.
May 14, 2012
Take a tour of the new features and improved vector workflow in Photoshop CS6. In this video tutorial (Working with Shape Layers in Photoshop CS6), Julieanne demonstrates how to quickly add custom strokes and fills to Shape layers, combine shapes without rasterizing layers, and use new alignment options and Pixel Grid for better rendering.